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Accountants in the Second World War

In the Second World War approximately one quarter of ICAEW members served and many decorations were gained, including two Victoria Crosses.

Roll of honour

On 7th March 1951 a handwritten roll of honour was dedicated with the names of the 202 members and 273 articled clerks who lost their lives in the war of 1949-1945. This is displayed in a glass case in the Members' Room at Chartered Accountants' Hall and included in the short service of remembrance held each year on armistice day.

The full list of names were printed in a slender book under the title Roll of Honour 1939-1945 but the ICAEW Library & Information Service also holds a rare reproduction of the original vellum Roll of Honour handwritten by D. L. Mahoney. The handwritten roll contains information that was not included in the printed list, such as location, rank, service and brief details of the circumstances of death.

A volunteer has transcribed the entries from the library copy and these lists can be accessed through the links below.

Further information

The details for this article were taken from The history of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, 1880-1965, and of its founder accountancy bodies, 1870-1880 by Sir H.G.Howitt (Heinemann, 1966) which tells the full story of the ICAEW up to 1966 in 269 pages, with further details of the role Chartered Accountants played in both wars.

The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a reproduction of the vellum original handwritten Roll of Honour and further copies of the dedication. See our catalogue entry for further details of our holdings.

To find out more about the resources mentioned in this article contact the Library & Information Service on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or email library@icaew.com

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